Accounts assistants help with the processing, authorising and recording of all financial transactions for an organisation. They work for companies across a range of sectors. They are sometimes called bookkeepers.
Your duties will vary depending on the organisation you work for.
You could be:
processing daily bank transactions
calculating and recording totals of transactions
paying company bills
processing credit card, debit card and cash transactions
maintaining records, sales and purchase ledgers and VAT returns
contacting customers about outstanding invoices and taking correct payments
processing wages and expenses
using specialist accounting software.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Accounts assistants can earn from £16,000 to £22,000, rising to around £28,000 with experience.
Responsibilities or nature of duties may vary depending upon the size or type of business. In a smaller firm, for example, you may control all financial activities, but in a larger organisation your duties may be more specific or specialised.
If you work full time you will work about 35-39 hours a week.
Some employers may ask for subjects at National 5, including English and Maths, while others may look for an HNC in a business or finance related discipline.
For an HNC course, you usually need 1 Higher and some subjects at National 5.
You could do a Modern Apprenticeship in Accounting at Level 2 leading to AAT Foundation Certificate in Accounting at SCQF Level 5 or ACCA Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting at SCQF Level 5.
Studying for the Foundation Apprenticeship Accountancy while in fifth and sixth year at school could count towards entry requirements of a course or Modern Apprenticeship. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually require some subjects at National 5 including English and Maths.
You can look for jobs on the government’s Find a job website or on other recruitment websites.